DELPHOS — Delphos City Schools’ officially hired Fanning/Howey Architects for pre-bond and community engagement duties. The school board approved hiring the Celina firm on an as-needed basis for a cost not to exceed $24,000.

Interim Superintendent Joel Hatfield me with the architects and reviewed the agreement.

“It is a pretty standard agreement,” Hatfield, who was superintendent at Spencerville Local Schools for its new school build, said.

An Ohio Facilities Construction Commission assessment was done last Fall on the district’s three building. Assessment areas included: heating system, roofing, air conditioning/ventilation, electrical systems, plumbing and fixtures, structure: walls and chimneys, structure: floors and roofs, general finishes, interior lighting, emergency/egress lighting, fire alarm, handicapped access, site condition, sewage system, water supply, exterior doors, hazardous materials, life safety, loose furnishings, technology and construction contingency/non-construction cost.

The school board approved the assessment at no cost to the district with the understanding that the district would seek voter support to fund the projects resulting from the assessment.

The next step is for Fanning/Howey and school administration and custodians to review the assessment for accuracy and any challenges for the state.

Hatfield reported the application for superintendent hopefuls will be ready soon and be available by email at; by calling 419-692-2509; or from the school website at Applications, a current resume, references and proof of licensure are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, with the board hoping to conduct interviews from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1. Employment start date is Jan. 1.

In other business, the board approved:

— The non-public auxiliary program for the 2018-19 school. This programs allows for state funds to be used to pay for certain personnel and materials at St. John’s Schools, including two teachers, two guidance counselors, two tutors, a speech therapist and a clerk. Treasurer Brad Rostorfer didn’t have exact figures for the funding but said it historically is approximately $450,000.

— Sue Jettinghoff as high school aide in the multiple handicap classes;

— A supplemental contract to Maureen Rentz for high school transition coordinator; and

— Supplemental contracts to Doug Geary as head baseball coach and Michelle Schuerman as head softball coach for the 2018-19 school year.